Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu has been offered a new contract by his financially striken club Portsmouth.
The FA Cup runners-up, who have been relegated from the English Premier League and are tens of millions of pounds in debt, say they want to retain a â€œfirm baseâ€ for the future.
England star David James is among those who have also been offered a new deal.But Aruna Dindane and Hassan Yebda will return to their previous clubs after the expiration of their loan deals.
â€œThe football club can confirm it has offered new contracts to influential first-team FA Cup heroes David James, Kanu, Hermann Hreidarsson and Ricardo Rocha,â€ a Portsmouth statement said.
â€œItâ€™s hoped the popular quartet will bring a wealth of experience and strength to the Bluesâ€™ side as they seek to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.â€